The scene from the saddle |

The scene from the saddle

Shauna Farnell
Bret Hartman/Vail DailyMountain biking is growing more popular each summer in the Vail Valley.

The best way to explore the Vail Valley is by bicycle. From fierce, rocky and steep downhill tracks to smooth bike paths, there is no shortage of possibilities for every level of two-wheeled traveler.

For mountain bikers, Vail and Beaver Creek ski areas offer a myriad of single-track trails. The cardiovascular-inclined will be happiest riding up the mountain, as this provides the most rewarding trip down. The mountains’ service roads or the marked green single-track trails are best for uphill riding and downhill riders should keep in mind that those going uphill ” often at a hard-working slog ” always get the right-of-way.

Both trail systems at Vail and Beaver Creek can also be reached via chairlift. Both resorts offer chairlift/bike rental packages that sometimes include lunch.

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Other fantastic adventures on dirt are smattered throughout the valley. Lake Creek trail in Edwards (take a left at Lake Creek Road after heading west from Edwards on U.S. Highway 6), takes riders uphill on a dirt road through a beautiful forest.

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Also across the interstate from Vail Mountain above West Vail’s Chamonix neighborhood, is the North Trail, which takes good climbers up a winding single-track trail along a seven-mile loop full of switchbacks and shade.

A great test of lung capacity on slick tires or nubs is a trip up Vail Pass on the bike path. Climbing more than 2,500 feet from Vail to the summit at 10,600 feet.

Vail Daily Writer Shauna Farnell is an avid biker who spends a good part of her free time exploring local trails, and just reminding herself of why this valley is such an incredible place to live in the summertime.

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